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New country souvenir, Montenegro, with Geocache of the Week: Ledena pecina / Ice cave
Today we release a new country/regional souvenir for Montenegro! If you have found a geocache in Montenegro, you automatically receive the souvenir on your profile.
Talk about cool! Montenegro is a small yet stunning country located in southeastern Europe. Some of Europe’s most rugged mountains, averaging over 2,100 meters (7,000 feet) in elevation, are found here. No need to get cold feet about this Geocache of the Week, Ledena pecina / Ice cave, located in the heart of the highest mountains of Durmitor National Park. It’s nice, nice, baby.
Gorgeous Durmitor National Park
Ledena Pecina is an ice cave 2,300 m (7,500 ft) above sea level within Durmitor National Park. The park is filled with almost fifty limestone peaks taller than 2,000 m (6,600 ft) that loom over pristine glacial lakes, alpine valleys, deep canyons, and thick forests with a generous amount of flora and fauna.
The hike to the ice cave
The impressive entry to the cave gives the illusion it could swallow you and your entire entourage whole: it’s forty m (130 ft) long and twenty m (65 ft) wide.
Thumbs up to the cave!
On a sunny day, you may wonder, “There’s no way there will be any ice here, even inside a cave!” Oh, how wrong you’ll be. As you enter the cave, a steep and short decent upon a cascade of packed snow and ice is made easier with a cable bolted to the wall for hikers. Stalagmites on the cave floor reach the height of an adult person and create an impressive view for visitors.
Once inside the cave the temperature plummets, so make sure to pack an extra layer if you want to spend any amount of time in there.
A cable bolted to the wall for hikers to cling to
The cave floor may look different each time you visit
To log this EarthCache, learn a little about ice formations in caves and how the temperatures mechanisms create this particular ice cave. For those courageous enough to make the journey, the reward of logging this EarthCache is well worth it:
The way to reach the cave is not so easy but it’s a beautiful hike and the ice cave has to be seen! It’s a nice place out of the time. Thanks for the cache! —StefLulu72
A very beautiful but also hard hike to a truly special place. We enjoyed the cave a lot and went in as far as we dared to. Highly recommended. —Antelope2014
Amazing place. We spent here 8 days with a tent and big backpacks. We visited a lot of mountains but nowhere we can’t see so many flowers. Greetings from the Czech Republic. —alenka62
The reward of logging this EarthCache is well worth it!
From the nearby town of Žabljak, the entire trips takes about 9 hours, so pack snacks, drinks, and bandaids for blisters accordingly. The inspirational 12.5 km (7.5 mi) hike to the ice cave is also used for camping, fishing, rafting, skiing, and backpacking. The best time to make the trek is from May through September.
We know geocachers love country and regional souvenirs and we do too! This year we will announce at least one new country or regional souvenir per month, starting in January (traditionally, we’ve only released five each December). The new country and regional souvenirs will be featured alongside Geocaches of the Week in each region and shared on the third Wednesday of each month. Check out all of the Geocaching souvenirs here.
In 18 years, geocaching has grown from a single container in the woods of Oregon to a global game with over 3 million active participants annually and more than 3 million geocaches. In the last year, Geocaching HQ Volunteer Reviewers published nearly 8,085 caches per week. Wow; thanks, Reviewers!
This growth means that almost anywhere in the world, you can find a geocache nearby. But it also means that geocache saturation is increasing. In some areas, it is becoming difficult to find a location to place a cache.
As the number of geocachers and geocaches grows, we encourage you to make sure that each and every cache you place is of good quality. We know that everyone has a different opinion as to what makes a “quality hide,” but here are some steps that you can take to make sure that others will enjoy your cache:
Find many caches before hiding one of your own. This will show you how vastly different geocaches can be. We encourage you to find at least 20 geocaches before hiding one.
Think about your favorite geocaches and why you enjoyed them so much. Was it the location? The container? The story on the cache page? Try to replicate the elements that you enjoyed while adding some of your own creativity.
Make sure that the geocache container is waterproof and will survive the elements. It is better to use a sealed container rather than a plastic bag.
Maintain your geocache. This means replacing the logbook when it is full, checking on the cache every so often to see that it’s still doing well, and responding quickly to any “needs maintenance” logs. Don’t forget, cache owners have an owner maintenance tool right on their Dashboards to help keep them up to date on their hides.
You can see which geocaches others recommend by looking at the number of Favorite points that each cache has received. Favorite points can be found on each cache page and in the search results list. Premium members can award 1 Favorite point for every 10 caches they find and can sort the search results list by most-favorited caches.
As the weather begins to change, now is a great time to make sure your geocaches are ready for the season ahead. If you’re new to hiding, take this time to think about what type of geocache you want to add to the world! Each week, check out the featured Geocache of the Week for more inspiration. Make sure you check out the Hiding Guidelines and take the Geocache Hiders Quiz! What are your best tips for hiding a quality geocache? Share your insights below!
Ahoy, geocachers! The lost treasure of pirate Captain Dominique Youx is in Florida’s panhandle and yours for the plundering. Travel from cache to cache and collect the pieces of Captain Youx’s map. Only when you have all nine can you determine where the final resting place of his treasure is and where your booty awaits; a rare geocoin considered to be part of the treasure itself. The Pirates of the High Seas GeoTour is off the hook fun for everyone. They even have pirate clothing at several cache locations so you can develop your pirate persona along the way.
Panama City Beach is known for, well, their beaches. Regarded as some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world right on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, it’s no wonder it was a hot spot for pirates and treasure—and the perfect spot for a GeoTour!
Great geocaches on this tour:
GC7VJ2K: Get off the beaten path and explore the many hiking trails of St. Andrew State Park. The conservation area is home to a variety of wildlife such as birds, deer, and even alligators!
GC647V9: Be on the lookout for a hollowed-out log among the trees of Aaron Bessant Park. If you’re lucky there may be a fun event or live music to stumble upon after collecting the next piece of the map.
GC647Y3: The Panama City Beach Conservation Park serves as a safeguard for wetlands, wildlife and a forest of pines. Wildlife is abundant and the sunsets are breathtaking in this 2,900-acre (11.7 km²) conservation park, with over 24 miles (38.6 km) of hiking trails for you to explore.
What geocachers are saying:
“TFTC! Beautiful pond with lily pads nearby. The best container I’ve seen in awhile.”
“Awesome!! I saw this sign on the way in and thought, oh that’s so cute people are so excited they’re stopping for a photo op already. A PCB fave for me! Thanks so much for the fun!” –BerserkyTurkey GC647XP
“Easily one of my favorite caches just for the location alone!!!” –shinjix2 GC7VJ2K
So, set sail to the panhandle to conquer these geocaches. You’re sure to have a swashbuckling good time!
Combine geocaching and travel to uplevel your vacations. GeoTour Hosts highlight the best of the best from their destination. View the map and complete list of GeoTours. The hardest part will be choosing which GeoTour to do first!
Geocaching love is in the air. If you’re reading this, you’ve likely caught the geocaching love bug. Think back on the first cache you found. What was it like that day? What geocache made you fall in love with the game? Who made you fall in love with the game? It’s easy to get lost in the brush and forget about these moments when you’re caught up in your day to day. But what if there was a way to solidify these moments so you wouldn’t forget them?
One couple in Belgium decided to take not only their love for one another but also their love for geocaching and make a lifestyle out of it. Jolien and Jenno started a geocaching-themed cafe called GeoTea (who is also an official Geocaching partner). The idea behind the cafe came about because they wanted to create a space where geocachers could get together, visit, or hang out. Now, their cafe is a successful business—if you’re wondering, yes, they serve muggles too.
If you’re ever in Belgium, be sure to stop by this shop and say hello. For those who are unable to visit them in person don’t worry, we’ve interviewed them on your behalf.
Green writing is Jolien
Blue writing is Jenno.
What are you geocaching names?
We got a Geocaching name together, Jolien&Jenno. But most of the people know us as J&J.
How did you meet each other?
It’s weird to tell this story but we met each other on Twitter. Jolien was traveling in Korea and I had a night-shift on the radio. So because of the time difference she was one of the only ones online. So we start chatting with each other. And after a few dates we fell in love and now we’re inseparable.
Were you both geocachers before you met? How did you get started?
I had the Geocaching app on my phone before I met Jenno, but never tried it. So I didn’t have a username yet. One day we decided to go outside and test the app. In the beginning we didn’t know what we were looking for. We first thought we had to look for a fishing rod because someone told us he found a fishing rod with a geocache attached. But it felt weird to look for a fishing rod in the woods. After a while we found out the geocache hanging in a tree. And so our common hobby (read; addiction) was born: geocaching!
We love to meet other geocachers at events because every cacher has their own story. But we found that we missed a place where we can go to without making a geocaching event and wanted to meet other geocachers on a common base. Almost every sport has a club cafe or a place to come together, but geocachers only had the chance to meet each other at events. Jolien worked for a coffee brand and she is a big coffee lover..so the idea grew to make our own geocache cafe.
What is your preferred tea blend?
We mostly always drink mint tea. But we also got a really nice apple cinnamon flavored tea.
What is your preferred cache type?
It’s hard to say, it depends how the (final) cache looks like. We usually seek Traditionals.
What has been your favorite part about the cafe?
I like to have contact with people, geocachers, but also non-geocachers (muggles;-)). And it gives me such a good feeling to make people happy with a nice talk, a delicious drink or good food. I totally agree! And it’s also great to meet geocachers and share experiences.
We got our own ‘Baguette GeoTea’ and ‘gevuld broodje GeoTea’. Because you cannot eat it somewhere else people often get curious and want to try it. Once they tried it they order it again a next time. For the ones who are curious of what’s inside, our ‘Baguette GeoTea’ are 2 pieces of artisan bread with avocado, nuts, egg, and also a few surprises. And ‘gevuld broodje GeoTea’ is a bowl bread with egg and veggies inside. I cannot tell everything. A good cook doesn’t tell their recipes. Also our home-made pasta is a success!
How has the local community of geocachers reacted to your cafe?
We were a little scared in the beginning, but I guess most of the geocachers in the neighborhood already visited us and liked it. We also got a lot of geocachers from different countries. We found out some people tell about GeoTea on geocache forums or even suggest people to visit us while they are on vacation. This feels so good. And we’re close to the Dutch border, so a lot of people from the Netherlands also come and visit us.
Do you have any cache hides of your own?
We work together with some geocachers in the neighborhood. We have created a joint account to place caches. And the maintenance is done by us. If these caches count we have placed something like 50 geocaches in the neighborhood of GeoTea. So if a geocacher visits us they can also do one of our trails.
What do you love about the game of geocaching?
You discover places where you otherwise never go. We also like geocaching on vacation to discover the area. It’s a perfect way to go outside and clear your head.
Do you go on geocaching dates?
We know a lot of geocachers now, but we only go geocaching by the two of us. I don’t want someone finding the cache before me. Just kidding! We mostly go geocaching on our free days when GeoTea is closed. But when we host a geocache event or visit an event it’s nice we almost know all the geocachers who attend the event.
Do you plan on opening more GeoTea locations?
For now 1 is enough. We’re really happy with what we’ve built. But never say never!
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Waffles, beer, chocolate—what comes to mind when you think of Belgium? If you’re one of the 6,000+ geocachers who have visited the busy city center in Bruges, you may remember the country for a different, highly Favorited reason: this Geocache of the Week!
Image by meisernator
Bruges is a canal-based city, in the same boat as Amsterdam and Venice. Its atmosphere and position as the capital of Flanders attracts visitors from all over the world. The Traditional cache in Markt (market square) is one of a series of 308 caches designed to bring geocachers to every province of Flanders, each offering a clue to the series final, ‘bonus’ cache. However, the geocache in Bruges, RV 5.08 : Brugge, far exceeds the Favorite points of any other cache in this series.
Image by agnes.fleur
The cache enjoys a prime location inside the bustling commercial square. There are a few tricks to this Traditional, however. The first is that it is hidden in plain sight; the four million muggles that visit the area per year have likely sat on it, kicked its tires, or even tested out the pedals. That’s right, this regular-sized geocache is hidden on a bicycle (painted in classic Geocaching colors, of course)! Because this is a common mode of transportation within the city, this host vehicle blends right into the surrounding area.
Just because you’ve found ground zero doesn’t mean your job is complete—this geocache is a field puzzle. On the bicycle, there are two panniers labeled A and B. Pannier A, whose lock combination is gifted with open hands in the cache hint, holds instructions to visit specific locations within the market square, admiring the medieval architecture along the way. Only by doing this can the clues necessary to open pannier B be found, which holds the logbook.
Cache owner, cricri010, thoughtfully brings attention to some very important and picturesque places within the square: the bustling market vendors and chocolatiers, the sparkle of the gilded edifice of the Provinciaal Hof (Provincial Palace), and the dominating steeple of the belfry. It makes the experience of this geocache the dominating memory of everyone’s trip to the area.
Image by WaFiKriDi
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Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.
Geocachers show their geocaching love in many ways. For some, it’s as simple as finding and hiding geocaches. Others with trackable stickers and geocaching swag. Some geocachers even show love to each other through geocaching. There have been a lucky few who have used geocaches to propose to their significant other!
With Valentine’s Day coming up in many countries, it’s time to think about how to show your love as geocache owner. Start with visiting your cache and follow our simple checklist to make sure geocachers can find and enjoy your cache for years to come!
Check if your geocache is there: There are many factors that can affect your geocache, from muggles to animals, make sure your geocache is still hidden in the intended location.
Inspect your container: Have the elements been hard on your cache container? If so, consider replacing it.
Review your hint: Does it still make sense? Sometimes weather or other forces change the geocache surroundings. Make sure you are still leading people in the right direction!
Assess the logbook: Check to see if your logbook is still in good condition and has plenty of space for future geocachers. No one likes a full wet logbook!
Check for trackables: If your geocache has trackables, do a quick inventory. Mark trackables as missing if they are listed in the inventory but no longer are in the cache.
If there is an issue with your cache that cannot be immediately fixed, please temporarily disable the cache listing, so that people do not search for it, and fix the issue as soon as possible. Although cache maintenance is the cache owner’s responsibility, courteous geocachers often help, which helps increase the quality of the game for all!
How do you show your geocaching love? Post your stories in the comments!
From 1821 to 1880, traders hauled manufactured goods from Missouri all the way to Santa Fe. There they traded these goods for silver coins, pelts, and mules. Known as the Santa Fe Trail, this trek spanned five states and nearly 900 miles (1,400 km) of challenging terrain—the early pioneers sure didn’t have it easy.
You too can walk the Santa Fe Trail—luckily for you, there are now paved roads, National Park Service historical markers, over 1000 Favorite points, and 73 geocaches to discover, and on the Santa Fe National Historic Trail GeoTour!
You’ll crow for joy when you find GC4YXVK, right in the middle of historical Santa Fe! Photo by Love
Live your wild west fantasies on the Santa Fe Trail GeoTour (GT34) Yee haw! Photo by LitJoe77
The GeoTour takes you through five states (Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and New Mexico) of stunning wilderness, as well as urban areas such as Kansas City and, you guessed it, Santa Fe.
“It’s clean and green and pretty, and they went and built a city out of clay.” Photo by ancognito
You can keep track of your smileys on an eye-catching and extensive passport or simply pick the caches that suit your fancy. When you log all of the caches, you earn a collectible souvenir to display proudly on your Geocaching profile.
If you’re tired of “micros in the woods,” this is the GeoTour for you—leave those searches behind and trade them out for some “regulars on the plains,” instead—69 out of 73 of these caches are regular sized!
Git along, little doggie! Photo by CordovaBucks
But don’t just take our word for it:
. . . This has been a remarkable journey. We have seen things and learned things that are beyond fantastic! We have had more ohhhs and ahaas than the 4th of July. Thank you for this experience!” —Smokie Stover
Without this series I doubt many of us would know about the role some of these places played in our country’s history.” —mamajhk
So saddle up your palomino, and move ‘em on out for a GeoTour filled with adventure, discovery, history and, most importantly, some first-rate geocaching.
Maybe to the tops of mountains or deep underwater. Maybe into the vibrancy of a new city, or on a peaceful stroll through a wooded glen. Maybe you found the most dastardly of puzzle caches, a nerdy themed cache, or simply a cache with the most breathtaking view you’ve ever seen.
Wherever your geocaching journey has led, and whatever amazing caches you’ve found, we want to know!
Click here to nominate your favorite cache for the Geocache of the Week. For the past five years, amazing geocaches from all over the world have been featured as an official “Geocache of the Week” by Geocaching HQ.
Need some tips to select a cache to submit? If the cache has lots of photos and Favorite points, chances are it’s a strong submission. Likewise, if it’s a cache that astounded you with a dazzling view, stumped you with its many strategic waypoints, or puzzled you with its intricate machinations, we want to hear about it.
Plus, did you know there’s an interactive map of every active Geocache of the Week?
These cache owners go above and beyond to keep this game ever-evolving. Find the closest one to you, then nominate the next one!